Mental Health Aspects of Intellectual/Developmental Disabilities
Professional Development Series

The Center for START Services’ Mental Health Aspects of Intellectual/Developmental Disabilities Professional Development Series (MHIDD PDS) is designed to build expertise in professionals through instruction on evidence-based and best practices.

The MHIDD PDS is targeted to specific roles within human service delivery to enhance the ability to provide effective services for people with IDD and mental health needs.

Current virtual PD courses include for:  Mobile Crisis Responders, Care Coordinators/Managers, and Direct Support Professionals.

The MHIDD PDS course instruction is provided by experts in the field from both professional and lived experience perspectives. Methods include adult learning and core START principles including:

  • Strengths-based practices
  • Positive psychology
  • Wellness-based
  • Biopsychosocial
  • Trauma-Informed
  • Cultural competence
  • Person and family centered

PDS courses consist of six (6) 75-minute live sessions through group virtual instruction via Zoom followed by 30 minutes of facilitated interactive dialogue. Sessions are recorded and are accessible to course participants following each session. Additional materials targeted toward improved application of practices provided include: worksheets, articles, and other resources.

Courses involve pre and post surveys as well as session evaluations. As an evidence-based model, START utilizes the data and feedback from these reports to continuously improve the format, content, and delivery of the courses to best meet learner’s needs.


Course for Mobile Crisis Responders - Next Course Begins May 11, 2021

Registration is open for the next virtual training course on mental health aspects of intellectual and developmental disabilities (MHIDD) for mobile crisis responders. The course consists of 6 webinar sessions (75 minutes each) that teach best practices in crisis assessment, response, and disposition recommendations. A 30-minute discussion session immediately follows. It is highly recommended for the following providers:

  • Mobile Crisis Responders, Clinicians & Supervisors
  • Mental Health and/or IDD Case Managers /Service Coordinators
  • Emergency Services Clinicians

Participants who attend all 6 sessions of this course will receive a Center for START Services Certificate of Completion for MHIDD Mobile Crisis Response Training and 0.75 CEUs from the University of New Hampshire (CEUs are available for individual sessions).

Registration fee is $149 per person.

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Course for Direct Support Professionals - Next Start Date Coming Soon

This live, 6-session course gives Direct Support Professionals (DSPs) the knowledge, skills, and resources needed to provide individuals with IDD and mental health service needs (IDD-MH) positive, person-centered, strengths and wellness-based supports and services. The course facilitator will demonstrate how the information reviewed during session can be applied in the day-to-day support of people with IDD-MH. The course features guest speakers with lived experience and optional 30-minute office hours sessions where participants can ask questions and further discuss course topics.

Who should participate?

  • Direct Support Professionals (both MH and IDD)
  • Functional Support Specialists (both MH and IDD)
  • Residential/AFL/home care providers & staff
  • Day habilitation & residential supervisors

Participants who attend all 6 sessions of this course will receive a Center for START Services Certificate of Completion  and 0.75 CEUs from the University of New Hampshire.

Registration fee is $149 per person. 


Course for Care Coordinators & Case Managers - Next Start Date Coming Soon

This 6-week online course is designed to improve knowledge for care coordinators and case managers to successfully support children and adults with IDD and mental health service needs and their families. Speakers will include family members and people with lived experiences along with experts in the field. Dr. Joan B. Beasley will demonstrate how the information provided can be applied to improve the ability of care coordinators/case managers to identify service and support needs, and monitor outcomes for individuals and their families.

Who should participate?

  • Managed Care Organization (MCO) Care Coordinators
  • Case managers/Service coordinators
  • Case management/service coordination supervisors & directors
  • Program managers & training managers/coordinators
  • Intake & intervention support specialists

Participants who attend all 6 sessions of this course will receive a Center for START Services Certificate of Completion  and 0.75 CEUs from the University of New Hampshire.

Registration fee is $299 per person.